Jan Kjellström
International Festival
of Orienteering 2014
South Wales
18th April - 21st April
South Wales 18th April - 21st April

A short history of the JK

Jan Kjellström (born 1940, died 1967) was an orienteer from Sweden who played an important role in the development of the sport of orienteering in Great Britain. Kjellström, a son of Silva compass founder Alvar Kjellström, travelled to Great Britain to promote the sport. There, he helped to accelerate developments in orienteering competition, mapping and coaching. Kjellström died in a road accident early in the year of 1967.

1967 saw the first Jan Kjellström International Orienteering Festival or “JK”, held in memory of Jan Kjellström. The annual JK moved to Easter in 1969. The 1974 JK was the first British event to attract more than one thousand entrants.

The current format of one Sprint race, two Individual races and a Relay started in 2006. The table below gives recent venues:-

Year Region Day 1 (Sprint) Day 2 (Individual 1) Day 3 (Individual 2) Day 4 (Relay)
2006 YHOA Temple Newsam Ilkley Moor Keldy Bramham Park
2007 BOF University of West of England, Bristol Speech House West, Forest of Dean Speech House East, Forest of Dean Caerwent Army Camp, Chepstow
2008 SEOA University of Surrey, Guildford Leith Hill Ashdown Forest Eridge Old Park
2009 NEOA Newcastle City Kyloe Woods Detchant, Shiellow, Greensheen Hill & Cockenhaugh Dipton Woods
2010 SWOA Bicton / Exeter University Cookworthy Braunton Braunton
2011 NIOA Stranmillis University and Queens Elm Village Tyrella Slieve Croob Tyrella
2012 SOA Livingston, Scotland Dunalastair Craig a Barns Newtyle
2013 SCOA Whiteknights Hambleden Cold Ash Hambleden
2014 WOA Swansea University and Singleton Park Merthyr Common Llangynidr Pwll Du